A bit of a cheat: Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter isn’t, strictly speaking, a new product, but it was only right to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved brands finally arriving in Australian and New Zealand brick and mortar stores with CT now available at Mecca. This innovative product doesn’t neatly fit into a traditional beauty category, but rather straddles a few: it works equally well as an illuminating primer and highlighter, and unlike other comparable products, it’s also available in 12 shades so you can also use it as a sheer and luminous base.
Benefit’s POWmade Brow Pomade is marketed to those who favour a fuller brow, but the effect can definitely be dialled up or down, depending on your intended look. If you prefer your brows more natural and less defined (as I do), there’s a built in-pad of ridges, designed for scraping off excess product so you can easily control the pigment, while still enjoying the stay-all-day longevity of a pomade.
Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Norvina Pro Pigment Eyeshadow Palette Vol 5 is the creation of the daughter of Anastasia, the brand’s founder (Norvina’s lilac locks suggests she has a soft-spot for the colour; the shade is also a recurring theme throughout her Insta feed). Presenting a study in purple, you’ll find pops of neon and pastel mattes alongside high-octane shimmers, and a handful of practical neutral hues sprinkled in too. A joyous riot of colour and an instant mood booster.
The latest addition to Trinny London’s BFF collection – their range of easy to apply, easy to wear, glow-giving bases – Rebalance is fuller coverage and more matte than the original, but still fits comfortably within Trinny London’s signature aesthetic: it creates a healthy, skin-like effect, just with a more perfected finish. Ideal for evening wear or if you have redness or blemishes you’d like to conceal – to that end, the formulation also contains a cocktail of soothing and clarifying skincare ingredients, like niacinamide and chlorella vulgaris extract.
Liquid and cream products have skyrocketed in popularity in recent times, finding favour for the healthy, skin-like effect these formulations provide. If you’re looking to make the switch from powder bronzer, go for the Dewy Bronze Glossy Cheek Tint from Ciaté London, which imparts a pretty wash of colour and a luminous finish (think glass skin, not obvious glitter). It’s not intensely pigmented, but this restraint in hue allows you to control how much colour you build and not irreversibly blight your makeup. It can be diffused out to create a believable tan on paler skins or double as a blush on deeper complexions.
Milk Makeup’s latest launch, the Hydro Grip Eye Primer, is ingenious: it works as a primer for keeping your eye makeup locked in place all day, and can also be used beneath undereye concealer to prevent creasing and cakiness. A clever product to streamline your collection and keep your makeup looking as good as the minute you applied it.
New York-based makeup brand Il Makiage was launched back in 2018, but, happily, has now become available in Australia. Their most well-known product to date is their Woke Up Like This foundation, which they offer in an impressive 50 shades (their online shade matching tool produced the pitch-perfect colour for me.) Expect a buildable formulation with a natural finish, that can provide light-medium coverage, or equally be dialled up to full.
You can rethink your prejudices about matte lipstick, thanks to Nars’s perfectly named Air Matte Lip Colour. They impart a pretty cloud of colour with a lightweight, completely comfortable feel, while still delivering the longevity of a classic matte formulation. If you’re looking for a no-touch up ‘my lips but better’ hue, Dolce Vita is a crowd-pleasing rosy shade that is sure to linger until lunchtime (if not longer).
Meet Lanolips’s Bronze Gold, a metallic twist on their signature 101 Ointment, a hydrating lanolin-based balm with a myriad uses. Shot with bronze shimmer, it makes for a beautiful and nourishing lip balm, but is particularly fabulous as a luminous bronzer: dot across cheekbones and décolletage for a golden goddess effect that’s perfect for summer soirées.
Story by Tess de Vivie de Régie, holding shot via Instagram @imaanhammam